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Review: Find Me Where the Water Ends by Rachel Carter

October 18th, 2014 @ 12:02 am
Posted by Bridget under Review Tags: Find Me Where the Water Ends, Rachel Carter, Review, Science Fiction, So Close to You Series, Young Adult

Find Me Where the Water EndsTitle: Find Me Where the Water Ends

AuthorRachel Carter

Genre: YA Science Fiction

Series: So Close to You (Book #3)

Publication Date: July 1, 2014

Format: Hardcover, 352 Pages

ISBN-10: 006208111X (HarperTeen)

ISBN-13: 978-0062081117 (HarperTeen)

Reviewed by: Bridget

Synopsis:

Lydia has been trained into a person she might have once feared: focused, fierce, deadly. Although she never wanted the life of a Montauk Project recruit, the Project has captured someone she loves-someone she’ll do anything to save.

Then Lydia glimpses a world in which the Montauk Project never existed. The Project has taken so much from Lydia already, but she knows that she will sacrifice everything to make her vision of a world without the Project a reality.

Publishers Weekly said that “readers will be hooked” by Rachel Carter’s plot-twisting So Close to You series. The conspiracy theories, romance, and compelling “what if?” questions build to a satisfying series end, making Find Me Where the Water Ends the perfect fit for the teen fans of light science fiction like The Time Traveler’s Wife.

Quick & Dirty: The perfect ending to a magnificent series. This is a young adult sci-fi series you will not want to miss!

Opening Sentence: The dress is laid out on the bed, so dark red it looks black in the muted light of the hotel room.

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The Review:

Seventeen year old Lydia Bentley never saw herself becoming a recruit for the Montauk Projects, but when they threatened the people she holds most dear in her life she agrees to do whatever they say. They keep telling her that this is her destiny and that the mission she is supposed to complete will change history forever. She is forced to do things she never thought possible and if she wants to survive she will have to learn to trust the one person that broke her heart.

Lydia hates the Projects and everything they have taken away from her. But she is just one of many that have had their life destroyed by the evil people that run the Montauk Project. When she is offered an opportunity to live in a world without the projects she jumps at the chance. But nothing in this world comes without consequences, and Lydia’s not sure she can live with herself if she loses anyone else she loves.

Lydia has grown enormously since the last time we saw her. She has been training to be a Project recruit for the last 9 months and not only has she changed physically, she has also changed emotionally. The training was vigorous and everything she has ever cared about has been taken away. But even though she has been through so much she is still essentially the same person. Perhaps she is a little bit more cynical, and not quite as naive as she once was, but she is still a good person that tries to do the right thing. I admired her strength and determination to never give up no matter how hard things get. My original connection with her was easily reestablished and just continued to grow throughout the entire series. I loved her character and I am sad to see her story end.

Wes is just as mysterious as ever and if it is possible, I fell even more in love with him. From the very first book I was drawn to him with his striking good looks and interesting life. He is a person you can rely on for anything and even though there are times when he will break your heart, getting to know him was totally worth it. He proves time and times again how dedicated he is to Lydia and I just loved him all the more for it. The chemistry between these two is electric and their romance is very believable. I think that Wes made the perfect love interest and I am glad I got to read his story!

First off, I have to say how much I adore the titles for the books in this series. I mean how awesome is the title Find Me Where the Water Ends? Plus, it actually goes perfectly with the book. But not only does it have a great title it was also an phenomenal story that was the perfect ending to this magnificent series! From the moment I picked up this book, I was completely hooked and couldn’t put it down until I finished it! It was action packed from page one and entertaining the whole way through. I also felt a slew of emotions while reading it which helped me really connect with the story.  Carter has wonderful writing that is captivating and breathtaking! Sadly, this is the end of the series, but I will gladly read whatever Carter comes out with next. I would highly recommend this series to anyone that is looking for a stunning time travel story filled with romance and action!

Notable Scene:

She jerks the wheel to the left and the car angles so quickly that it seems we will flip over. MY stomach drops as if we were on a roller coaster, the very moment of descent. Time grips my hands in his as I squeeze my other one into the battered leather seat, trying to hold on.

“On the left!” I hear Wes shout, and then something slams into the side of the car in a blast of noise and sparks and screeching tires. I am thrown forward and feel Tim’s fingers slop away from mine. My body is in the air. My head collides with something hard. I fall back against the seat as the window explodes, as the metal erupts, and my body, just skin and blood and bones, is no match for the force of it.

So Close To You Series:

1. So Close to You

2. This Strange and Familiar Place

3. Find Me Where the Water Ends

FTC Advisory:  HarperTeen provided me with a copy of Find Me Where the Water Ends.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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Review: Hung Up by Kristen Tracy

October 18th, 2014 @ 12:01 am
Posted by Bridget under Review Tags: Contemporary, Hung Up, Kristen Tracy, Review, Young Adult

Hung UpTitle: Hung Up

Author: Kristen Tracy

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Series: N/A

Publication Date: March 4, 2014

Format: Hardcover, 282 Pages

ISBN-10: 144246075X (Simon Pulse)

ISBN-13: 978-1442460751 (Simon Pulse)

Reviewed by: Bridget

Synopsis:

Can you fall in love with a voice? This witty romance, told entirely through phone calls, chronicles the tale of a wrong number gone right.

It all started with a wrong number. The voicemails Lucy left on James’s phone were meant for someone else—someone who used to have James’s digits. But then when James finally answers and the two start to talk, a unique bond forms between the two teens.

Gradually Lucy and James begin to understand each other on a deeper level than anyone else in their lives. But when James wants to meet in person, Lucy is strangely resistant. And when her secret is revealed, he’ll understand why…

Quick & Dirty: Adorable story that was full of humor, friendship, and emotion. While there were some things I didn’t love, overall this was an enjoyable read.

Opening Sentence: This is Lucy calling to update my order BKE-184.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Have you ever called the wrong number and left a mean message? Well Lucy has and it wasn’t only one message but many. Someone finally answers the phone, but James wasn’t who she was expecting. Obviously she figures out that she has been calling the wrong number all this time, but instead of just hanging up the two strike up a conversation. One conversation leads to another and another. Soon they have developed a friendship and start to tell each other things that they don’t tell anyone else. As the months pass by they decide that it is finally time to meet, but Lucy has been keeping secrets. Ones that might affect the way James sees her. Is their friendship better left just to the phone or is it destined for something more?

Lucy was a sweet girl, but for most of the book she is really closed off emotionally. She is athletic, smart, and insecure like most high school girls. I actually had a hard time connecting with her because you are never inside of her head. With everything being told through phone conversations you have to kind of piece things together by yourself, which was a little frustrating at times. As her story unfolds I was able to understand her better, but it took most of the book for this to happen. So even though I ended up liking Lucy, in the end I wish I could have liked her better the whole time I was reading her story.

James was the total opposite of Lucy when it came to being an open book. He was way better at expressing himself in their conversations and because of that he was way easier to like. I felt that I was able to get to really know him and I thought he was pretty charming. He can be pretty goofy at times which was refreshing, but he also is someone you can lean on. Whenever Lucy just needed someone to talk to he was there for her, even though she wasn’t always the most open with him. I loved how patient he was and just how honest he was about his life. I can honestly see why Lucy would fall for him, I did throughout the story!

Hung Up was a really cute romance that surprisingly had a lot of depth to it. The entire book is all told through phone conversations between the two main characters, which was really different from anything else I have read. I enjoyed the style of writing, but I do feel that it was harder to connect with the characters since you only get small bits of their life. I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that the whole story wasn’t just fluffy romance, there were actually some very emotional issues covered as well. There were also some really funny parts that helped to lighten the more serious tone. Probably the one thing I would have liked done differently was the ending. You pretty much are just left with very little resolution. I really wish that the author would have done an epilogue that was a phone conversation maybe a year later between the two. I don’t mind open ended stories, but personally I think that this would have been much better if it had a more closure. It was a super quick read, and even though it was wasn’t perfect, I still really enjoyed it. I would recommend this if you are looking for an adorable romance that is tinted with emotion!

Notable Scene:

James: We’ve had way more than eleven phone calls.

Lucy: I don’t count messages. I only count phone calls.

James: I like that you’re counting. Are you using hash marks?

Lucy: Yep.

James: Okay, Lucy, so what are my obsessions?

Lucy: Yurts. And women’s hair.

James: Actually, yurts don’t do much for me. But I do enjoy watching a good head of hair.

Lucy: Yeah. I used to think it was just a fixation. But now I’m sure that it’s a fetish.

James: You’ve got long brown hair. I know it.

Lucy: I’ve never confirmed that.

James: It’s my sixth sense. I can diving hair color over the phone.

FTC Advisory:  Simon Pulse provided me with a copy of Hung Up.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review

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Review: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

October 17th, 2014 @ 12:01 am
Posted by Kaitlin under Review Tags: Fantasy, Review, Sara Raasch, Snow Like Ashes, Snow Like Ashes Series, Young Adult

SnowLikeAshesTitleSnow Like Ashes

Author: Sara Raasch

Genre: YA Fantasy

Series: Snow Like Ashes (Book #1)

Publication Date: October 14, 2014

Format: Hardcover, 432 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062286927 (HarperTeen)

ISBN-13: 978-0062286925 (HarperTeen)

Reviewed byKaitlin

Synopsis:

A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

Quick & Dirty: Wow, Snow Like Ashes was a fantastic debut with amazing characters, plot twists, and romance.

Opening Sentence“Block!”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Miera is one of the last of Winter’s refugees. In a world where 4 kingdoms exist with never ending seasons, she is from the one where the people were killed or forced to work in camps as slaves. She and the other’s mission: free the Winterions, let them flourish again. But it won’t be easy. Spring has an evil, powerful ruler who has much magic. Plus, Miera is falling for someone she can never be with, so her problems aren’t easily dealt with. Their only chance might not be enough, at this point. And there isn’t anyone left to save Winter if they fail.

Oh my god, Snow like Ashes. This ones a winner, fellow readers, trust me. Where do I begin? The fantastic world building and kingdom? Okay, I’ll start there. Basically the whole concept of the four season kingdoms was exciting and original. I had so much fun conjuring up pictures in my head, especially of Winter: chilly, beautiful, covered in a cool blanket of snow and the clouds sending gentle flakes down to earth. I have always considered winter as cold, and though associated with skiing and hot chocolate, never as beautiful as the elusive, bright colors of fall or the scent of rain and budding newness of spring. This book changed the connotation of the word winter for me. It was that freaking good. Not to mention that each Season kingdom had different types of people, the Winterians with white hair and stunning blue eyes, the Springs with light brown skin and green eyes. The Falls had nutmeg skin and curly dark hair, and the Summers had golden locks paired with bright green eyes, as well as a good tan. It was a lot of fun conjuring the pictures in my mind, I can tell you that. In the first chapter she’s looking at Mather and commenting on how attractive his white hair is, and at first I thought “Wait, what?” When I realized all of the refugees had that color hair I was struck by a very “oh!” moment.

This book likes to toy with your emotions. It likes to tackle you with feels. Miera is always thinking about the kingdom, what has been lost, trying to reassure herself and her companions that it can be rebuilt. At one point, the character is trapped in a Winterian work camp, and oh my. Her very realistic struggle with hope and giving in was so sad to see. Speaking of the main character, I loved her. She was kicking ass the whole way through and I enjoyed her commentary and banter with fellow characters. She wasn’t too perfect, however; she had many doubts and sometimes succumbed to selfishness, but she was never horribly whiny. I hate whiny characters with a passion, let me tell you that. Miera always saw a tiny bit of positive in everything too balance out any crushing depression or trapped feelings that might be going along with it.

The love triangle was also very complicated. I kept going back and forth between my favorite of the guys. I have to say, Mather grew on me. At first he was a little annoying and never seemed like a good choice, but eventually I started to like him. Anyone who reads my reviews knows that a good or bad romance can make or break a story for me, and luckily enough this made Snow Like Ashes. Along with my love of the main character and setting, my interest just grew at the point when the love triangle became more intense.

Snow Like Ashes may become one of my favorite series, if the next books play out as well for me. It was atmostpheric, exciting, filled with action and humor and conflict and romance and friendship and themes and oh, how I enjoyed Snow Like Ashes. I had high hopes as all the high reviews rolled in and luckily enough they were correct. The ending was full of surprises, plot twists, and I was so happy with the development in Miera. She’s grown stronger and more aware of her values and beliefs over the course of the book and overall was just a great point of view. If there were any problems in this book, than they didn’t stick out to me. This is also an awfully long book as well, which is great, because I swallowed it up! Lots and lots of stuff was stuffed into the pages but the pacing seemed fine to me. One thing I’m interested in knowing the answer to is this: what happens when someone of different kingdoms have children? Like a Winter and a Fall, with their opposite hair and body tones, what would happen then? We know different seasons have had children before. For some reason this question really pulls me in, and I hope it’s addressed in the next book.

Notable Scene:

I aim my chakram at the captain, the one with his boots mucked up with sewer gunk. His eyes swim over me. “The Winterians are sending girls to do their dirty work now?” he sneers. “Why don’t you put that thing down before someone gets hurt?”

I push out my bottom lip and widen my eyes. “This?” I lower the chakram. It’s now aimed at the captain’s left thigh. “They gave it to me and said throw! I don’t even know how it works—”

The soldiers jeer, a deep-throated chuckle that says this is a fight they’re sure they’ll win. I let the chakram fly as the captain moves forward, my body bending into an arch. The chakram soars through the sewer, slices clean through the captain’s leg, and continues its spin back to me in one elegant circle of purpose. He screams and drops into the sewage, grabbing his thigh like, well, like I just sliced through it. “Oh.” I run one hand down the flat side of the blade. “That’s how it works.”

The Snow Like Ashes Series:

 1. Snow Like Ashes

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FTC Advisory: HarperTeen provided me with a copy of Snow Like Ashes. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.  In addition, I don’t receive affiliate fees for anything purchased via links from my site.

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Review: Nash by Jay Crownover

October 16th, 2014 @ 12:02 am
Posted by Bridget under Review Tags: Contemporary Romance, Jay Crownover, Marked Men Series, Nash, New Adult, Review

NashTitle: Nash

Author: Jay Crownover

Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

Series: Marked Men (Book #4)

Publication Date: April 29, 2014

Format: Paperback, 400 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062333038 (HarperCollins)

ISBN-13: 978-0062333032 (HarperCollins)

Reviewed by: Bridget

Synopsis:

Will their past determine their future?

Saint Ford has worked hard to achieve her childhood dream of becoming of nurse. Focused on her work and devoted to her patients, there’s no room for love. She doesn’t need a guy making waves in her calm, serene life—especially when he’s the unforgettable hottie who nearly destroyed her in high school. Dark, brooding Nash Donovan might not remember her or the terrible pain he caused. But he turned her world upside down… and now he’s trying to do it again.

Saint has no idea that Nash isn’t the cocky player he once was. Uncovering a devastating family secret has rocked his world, and now he’s struggling to figure out his future. He can’t be distracted by the pretty nurse he seems to meet everywhere. Still, he can’t ignore the sparks that fly between them —or how she seems so desperate to get away from him. But the funny, sweet, and drop-dead gorgeous Saint is far too amazing to give up on—especially since she’s the only thing in his life that seems to make sense.

When Nash discovers the truth about their past, he realizes he may have lost her heart before he could even fight for it. Now, Saint has to decide: is Nash worth risking herself for all over again?

Quick & Dirty: This was a beautiful heartfelt story that covers some very tender issues perfectly. Honestly, if you have not started this series yet you really should, it is one of my all time favorites!

Opening Sentence: THERE’S A MOMENT IN every person’s life, a point in time that will alter the course they are on, the path they are traveling, forever.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Saint Ford has made sure that she will never feel the pain that she felt as a teenager ever again. She made the mistake of falling for a bad boy in high school and she got really burned by it. Time and time again all the male figures in her life have let her down, her first love, her boyfriends, even her father. Now she has closed off her heart completely because she has come to realize that there is no such thing as a trustworthy man. She is not the girl she was in high school and she has worked very hard to get her nursing degree so she can make a difference in people’s lives. She is currently working at hospital in Denver and she feels like her life is finally on track. But then the beautiful boy that shattered her heart all those years ago comes waltzing back into her life and she realizes that even though she has closed of her heart, it can still be hurt.

Nash Donovan has always been a pretty easy going guy. Growing up he had a really hard time with his crazy mom, but he always had his uncle to take care of him. But he just recently discovered that the people that cared about him most have been lying to him his whole life. His life has turned upside down and there is no way he has time to figure out the gorgeous nurse that he keeps running into. But no matter how hard he tries he just can’t seem to stay away from Saint and all her goodness. She brings a light to his darkening world that he desperately needs. But can he convince her that he isn’t the same boy he was all those years ago or will he lose the only girl he could ever truly love?

Saint was a very unique character. She had some serious self confidence issues which made her very different from your standard protagonist. As a teenager she was slightly overweight and had really bad acne so she was made fun of a lot. She really took to heart some of the things that people said and even though she is beautiful now she doesn’t think that she is. Because of everything she went through it was really easy to sympathize with her and understand why she had so many confidence issues. Watching her come out of her shell and finally start to trust others was beautiful and very heart warming. Her journey was a tough one to read about, but it is one you can really learn from. Personally, I loved Saint and I am so glad I got to read her story.

Ever since I was introduced to Nash in the first book of this series I instantly loved him. He is so laid back and just one of those people that you can’t help but like. Of course he is gorgeous on the outside but he is someone that is truly beautiful on the inside as well. Yes, he has some serious flaws but for the most part I thought he was pretty near perfect. His relationship with Saint was very hot and cold, but the patience he has with her is beyond adorable. Their chemistry was undeniable but they also had a lot of issues they had to work through. Personally, I loved Nash and he is one of my favorite book boys!

This was a heartfelt story that had steamy romance, wonderful characters, and covered some really tender issues. I will be honest, I have never really had to deal with bullying personally, but I know that it happens on a regular basis to a lot of people. Crownover was able to address this issue with the tenderness and emotion it deserved, but she did a wonderful job making it realistic and something you could learn from. This entire story was an emotional roller coaster ride, but it was one I completely enjoyed. Another thing I have to mention is while I love all the characters in this series my two favorite are Shaw and Rule. Their story was so epic and still to this day remains one of my all time favorites. The reason I am bringing this up is because there are a few moments with them in Nash’s story that just made me so happy. I love that Crownover was able to show us tidbits of all the characters we have grown to love throughout this series, but she also added more characters for us to love. I loved everything about this book and I can honestly tell you that this series is my favorite new adult romance to date. While you can read each book as a standalone, I would personally recommend that you start at the beginning because it just makes the experience that much better. All romance fans this series is a must read!!!

Notable Scene:

His eyes got even darker, and it was like watching midnight fall over the sky. I was balanced on my toes, and he had a firm grip on my face, so when he suddenly pulled me forward I was both startled and off balance. I had to let go of his wrists to catch myself as I fell forward, and I swore the heat coming off his bare skin when my palms landed on the smoothness of his naked chest was enough to meld me to him forever.

I was going to ask him what in the hell he thought he was doing. I was going to tell him that I had stopped by more for his father’s sake than his. I was going to snap at him that he was the last man on earth I would let put his hands on me after the lasting damage his unnecessarily cruel actions and thoughtless words a lifetime ago had done. I never got the chance.

One of his hands snatched up the end of my long braid and wrapped it around his fingers like a rope. His other slid across the nape of my neck and unceremoniously jerked me forward until we were chest to chest, mouth to mouth, and I was plastered all along the very much undressed front of him. I pushed ineffectually at his rock-hard shoulders, tried to wiggle my way free, but he was too strong, had too good of a grip on my hair— and if I was going to be entirely honest, even drunk and sloppy he was one hell of a good kisser, so my effort to get away may have been halfhearted at best.

Marked Men Series:

1. Rule

2. Jet

3. Rome

4. Nash

5. Rowdy (October 21, 2014)

6Asa (April 14, 2015)

FTC Advisory:  I purchased my own copy of Nash.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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Review: Tease by Sophie Jordan

October 16th, 2014 @ 12:01 am
Posted by Bridget under Review Tags: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Review, Sophie Jordan, Tease, The Ivy Chronicles

Tease SJTitle: Tease

Author: Sophie Jordan

Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

Series: The Ivy Chronicles (Book #2)

Publication Date: May 27, 2014

Format: Paperback, 320 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062279890 (HarperCollins)

ISBN-13: 978-0062279897 (HarperCollins)

Reviewed by: Bridget

Synopsis:

What happens when a girl who always calls the shots meets a guy who’s too wild for even her?

A born flirt and good-time party girl, Emerson has never had a problem finding a willing guy. She’s always chosen her hookups carefully, and she’s never broken her three cardinal rules:

Never let them see the real you.
Never fall in love.
Always leave them begging for more.

Then Shaw comes along. A hottie from the wrong side of the tracks, he’s immune to her flirtatious banter and come-hither smile. After rescuing her from a disastrous night at a biker bar, he doesn’t even try to take her to bed—he calls her a tease and sends her home instead. Unable to resist a challenge, or forget the sexy, dark-eyed, bad-boy biker, she vows to bring him to his knees.

But instead of making Shaw beg, Emerson finds herself craving him. For the first time in her life, she’s throwing out her rule book. Suddenly, she’s the one panting for a guy she can’t control—a guy who won’t settle for anything less than the real Emerson and who forces her to do things she’s never imagined, including facing a past she thought she’d buried.

A guy who just might leave her wanting more. . .

Quick & Dirty: Tease was full of amazing characters, hot romance, and crazy drama. It was an emotional roller coaster ride from start to finish that I didn’t want to end. This is a must read for all new adult contemporary romance fans!

Opening Sentence: “Are you sure this is the place?”

ExcerptYes

The Review:

Emerson knows how to have a good time and she’s not afraid to flirt. She likes to hook up with guys, but she has never been in a relationship, and she doesn’t plan to change that anytime soon. She is picky when it comes to the guys she chooses to hookup with and her motto is to always leave them wanting more. This method was working great until the day she met Shaw, a bad boy biker that is too sexy for his own good.

Instead of falling for her flirtatious teasing he is a total gentleman that doesn’t try to get in her pants. After saving her from a bad situation at a biker bar he takes her home without even trying to kiss her. Emerson has never been the type to step down from a challenge, even one as dangerous as Shaw. She vows to make him want her just like all her other conquests, but soon she realizes that she is way out of her league with him. He actually wants to get to know the real her and all the secrets she has kept hidden from everyone. Can she finally open up and take a chance at love, or will she runaway like she always has in the past?

Emerson was a very easy character to love. Growing up she came from parents that cared more about themselves then they did about her, which resulted in her being very insecure when it comes to relationships. She likes to party and hook up with guys but she doesn’t do relationships. As you get to know her you realize that her insecurities seed from some bad experiences in her past, but she uses that as an excuse to push people away. She is so broken, but once the right person comes along she finally has a reason to open up. My heart ached for Emerson and what she went through, which really helped me develop a strong emotional connection with her. I loved being inside her head and I am glad I was able to read her story.

I loved Shaw, he was seriously a very sexy man. Not only does he have a gorgeous body and a beautiful face, he also is a retired Marine which I think is totally sexy. He is extremely confidant and he has that bad boy air about him. He is a persistent person and doesn’t give up easily, especially when it comes to something he wants. And what he currently wants is Emerson. No matter how hard she pushes him away he doesn’t stop trying to win her affections by whatever means necessary! Obviously they have crazy hot chemistry and the pages just ooze with sexy times! I have had the pleasure of reading all three books in the Ivy Chronicles series and for me Shaw was my favorite out of the three guys!

Tease was an emotional ride that I didn’t want to end. From the moment the story started you are thrown into crazy drama laced with hot sexual tension. While the plot is fairly predictable there were a few twists that took me by surprise. The pacing was flawless and I pretty much blew right through the entire book in one sitting. Jordan does an amazing job creating characters that you can root for and fall in love with. This is a companion novel to Foreplay and lucky for us you get to see some of your favorite characters, but you also get to meet lots of new ones. The romance developed beautifully and felt very realistic. Of the three books in the series, I would have to say that this one was my favorite but all of them are phenomenal and I would highly recommend all of them to new adult contemporary romance fans!

Notable Scene:

It took precisely five seconds upon waking to realize that I was naked. Well. Mostly. I was wearing my panties and bra. My gaze shot around the room, and my next thought to chug through my mind was even more alarming. Where the hell was I?

The bed was big and comfortable. A contrast to my single bed back in the dorm. Not as big as the California king I had back home, but I spent so little time there that this bed felt vast and beyond strange to me. It smelled good, too. Like soap and freshly laundered sheets.

I racked my brain for memories of the night before. Not too difficult. I wasn’t so drunk that I couldn’t remember. I recalled perfectly Annie ditching me. And I remembered Shaw.

The Ivy Chronicles:

1. Foreplay

2. Tease

3. Wild (November 18, 2014)

FTC Advisory:  William Morrow/Harper Collins provided me with a copy of Tease.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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